“I was doing what I loved back in those SEAL days, and I had the confidence of knowing I could do anything I put my mind to. I want this book to capture those themes in a way my boys and everyone else who reads it will remember. A series of vignettes illustrating how any among us can accomplish great things would only fade with time. I’ve tried to go farther. I’ve tried to create a framework, a code my sons can follow throughout their lives, a touchstone to encourage them when the going gets tough. I want this book to capture the essence of my spirit as a tangible reference for them, a pick-me-up when they feel like giving up on a dream, a voice of encouragement when no one else believes in them, or perhaps simply the voice of a proud father saying, ‘Go for it—you can do it!’ …
That’s why I wrote this book. It will give your mind a code to follow so that no matter what obstacle attempts to derail you, your mind will be working for you, not against you. And when your mind is on your side, no obstacle is too big, no dream too daunting, and nothing can stop you from living an amazing life!
Once you’ve mastered the code in this book, your biggest challenge will be dreaming bigger dreams! That’s right: Once you’ve tasted success and gained the confidence of making a dream come true, a funny things happens: You get addicted to making dreams come true. And as each dream gets a little bigger and a little scarier, you get stronger, smarter, and better at making them come true. And isn’t that what life is all about? Live your dreams!”
~ Alden M. Mills from Be Unstoppable
This is a surprisingly awesome book—a fable about a young Captain who spends time with a Master and Commander who reveals the secret code of rockin’ it.
It’s kinda like if a Navy SEAL wrote The Alchemist or The Way of the Peaceful Warrior or The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. :)
Another way to think about it is if Angela Duckworth teamed up with a Navy SEAL to write a fable on her Grit research. There are a *ton* of parallels.
Alden Mills is a former US Navy SEAL platoon commander who invented the Perfect Pushup and created Inc 500’ fastest-growing company in 2009.
He wrote this book for his four sons to capture the essence of what has helped him succeed in his life. Like I said, it’s surprisingly great! I can’t wait to have Emerson read it. (His mom just started reading The Alchemist to him today. haha) (Get a copy of the book here.)
It’s packed with a bunch of Big Ideas. I’m excited to share a few of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!
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